WEDNESDAY

Host Joey Lawrence is joined by Betty White and others as courageous canines get their due at "American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013." 8 p.m. Hallmark

"Extreme Cheapskates" pinch pennies till Lincoln says "Ouch!" on the return of this reality series. 9 and 9:30 p.m. TLC

Aspiring beauticians learn hairdos and hair-don'ts at a cosmetology school in the new unscripted series "Houston Beauty." 10 p.m. OWN; also Sat., 10 p.m.

THURSDAY

A marathon of fright-fests featuring the sophisticated yet sinister Vincent Price gets underway with the 1961 adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum." 5 p.m. TCM

Abigail Spencer and "One Tree Hill's" Chad Michael Murray star in the geographically-confused 2013 sequel "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia." 8 p.m. Epix

Les zombies! The dead rise and walk the earth, but with a certain je ne sais quoi, in the imported-from-France horror-drama "The Returned." 9 p.m. Sundance

"Ghost Adventures: Pennsylvania" explores vampire lore in the Keystone State … oops, that's "Ghost Adventures: Transylvania." We got geographically confused. 9 p.m. Travel

The stars of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" are back to tuck you in on the debut of "Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories." Midnight Cartoon Network

FRIDAY

Ryan Gosling's a cop, Sean Penn's a crook, and Emma Stone's the dame caught between 'em in the 2013 period drama "Gangster Squad." Josh Brolin also stars. 8 p.m. Cinemax

Thar she blows! Herman Melville's whale of a tale lands on stage in "Moby Dick From San Francisco Opera" on a new "Great Performances." 9 p.m. KOCE

We've all got to go sometime. But you'll meet terminally ill cancer patients for whom that'll be sooner rather than later in the new documentary series "Time of Death." 9 p.m. Showtime

British choirmaster Gareth Malone wants to hear America singing in the new series "It Takes a Choir." 11 p.m. USA

SATURDAY

Halloween's over, time to talk turkey in the new TV movie "The Thanksgiving House." With Lindsay Wagner, Bruce Boxleitner and "Haven's" Emily Rose. 8 p.m. Hallmark

Fracking? Matt Damon is fer it but John Krasinski's agin it in Gus Van Sant's topical 2012 drama "Promised Land." Rosemarie DeWitt and Frances McDormand also star. 8 p.m. HBO

"Chuck's" Sarah Lancaster stands accused of breaking at least two of the Ten Commandments in the new thriller "The Preacher's Mistress." 8 p.m. Lifetime

Brad Pitt likes "Killing Them Softly," and not with his song, in this darkly comic 2012 crime tale. James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Ray Liotta also star. 8 p.m. Showtime

"The Thundermans" are just your typical family next door, if you happen to live next door to a family with superpowers, in this new sitcom. 9 p.m. Nickelodeon